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Here's The Final Batch Of Fantastic Fest 2012 Titles!

Nordling here.

In a week and a day, I'll be heading out to Fantastic Fest, and I couldn't be happier about it.  I'm going to be covering the heck out of this film festival, along with Quint and the rest of the Austin contingency - the many events, secret special stuff, and of course, the films.  Today the final batch of titles has been released and they look terrific as usual.  I'm very curious to see TAI CHI 0 - heard a lot of good things about it, and it's a steampunk kung fu movie that looks like a lot of fun.  What would you call that genre, anyway - Punk Fu? Steam Kung? Who cares?  Looking forward to it.

Fantastic Fest starts September 20th, and this year looks to be crazy good.  Here's the final list of movies playing!



World Premiere Screening of ‘The Collection’

Tops Off The Incredible 2012 Lineup

Austin, TX—Wednesday, September 12, 2012— Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection.  Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).  LD Entertainment will release The Collection in theaters November 30, 2012.
For more information about THE COLLECTION, please visit, “like” the film on Facebook at or follow on twitter @collectionfilm, #TheCollection

See below for the final wave of films at this year’s festival. 

US Premiere
Directors - Jen and Sylvia Soska, 95 mins
Disillusioned with her chosen profession and perpetually broke, medical student Mary Mason finds herself drawn into a shady world of underground surgery and body modification.

US Premiere
Director - Brandon Cronenberg, 110 mins
Syd March makes people sick, infecting them with viruses harvested to order from celebrities, but gets more than he bargained for when his most famous source dies from a virus Syd has just infected himself with.

US Premiere
Director - Peter Strickland, 92 mins
Strange things occur after a British audio technician is summoned to Italy to work on a gory giallo film.

BESTIES (2012)
World Premiere
Director - Rebecca Perry Cutter, 91 mins
BESTIES tells the story of two high school girls—an awkward freshman and a sexy senior—who become immersed in a manipulative and deadly friendship.

BLACK OUT (2012)
World Premiere
Director – Arne Toonen, 73 mins
A splitting headache, a dead gangster, twenty kilos of missing coke and 24 hours to sort it all out before getting married. Jos is about to have a very bad day.

World Premiere
Director - Ernesto Diaz Espinosa, 75 mins
Timid, video game-loving DJ Santiago seemingly digs his own grave when he agrees to bring a violent criminal kingpin the head of Machine Gun Woman.


World Premiere with director/writer Marcus Dunstan, writer Patrick Melton and cast Josh Stewart and Emma Fitzpatrick in person
Director – Marcus DunstanWhen Elena’s friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer.

US Premiere 
Director - Makinov, 95 mins 
While on vacation, Beth and Francis visit a remote island that turns out to be almost solely inhabited by children. Unfortunately for them, these kids are far from well behaved.

DANGER 5 (2012)
World Premiere
Director - Dario Russo, 150 mins
It’s World War II and there’s nothing Hitler won’t do to take over the world! Dinosaur men! Love potions! Giant robots! And all that stands in his way are the intrepid forces of the DANGER 5!

North American Premiere
Director - Oleg Pogodin, 109 mins
A Russian mobster returns to his ancestral home for a family reunion after years of living in the criminal underworld. Unbeknownst to him, his ruthless enemies follow close behind.


World Premiere

Director – Fredrik Horn Akselsen, 80min

Norwegian documentarian Fredrik Horn Akselsen examines the work of Father Jose Antonio Fortea – an actual, Vatican-approved exorcist – in this balanced look at a largely hidden world within the Catholic church.


Regional Premiere
Directors - Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, 75mins
A mind-blowing documentary about three men who are deeply obsessed with penises—human or otherwise.

World Premiere 
Director - Ryan Polito, 90 mins
Inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s Greatest Movie Ever Sold, two comedians, Doug Benson and Graham Elwood, decide to finance a movie about going on tour by going on tour.

HAIL (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director - Amiel Courtin-Wilson, 104 mins
Real life ex-con Daniel P. Jones stars in this haunting and unflinchingly realistic film crafted from over 500 pages of his own memories and experiences.

World Premiere 
Directors - Patrik Syversen, Kenneth Olaf Hjellum, Ole Giæver, Sebastian Dalén, Vegar Hoel and Roar Uthaug, 203 mins 
Seven of Norway’s finest directors team up for writer / producer Tommy Wirkola’s fusion of HOT FUZZ and TWIN PEAKS. A seven part TV series from the director of DEAD SNOW.

Regional Premiere
Directors - J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker, 85 mins
Real life bluegrass band Future Folk use a banjo and a guitar to save mankind in this sci-fi comedy origin story.

North American Premiere
Director - Frant Gwo, 91 mins 
When Li Xianje's beautiful girlfriend dies in a tragic accident, he attempts to harness his temporal dilation disorder in order to travel back in time and save her.

Repertory screening 
Directors - Y.K. Kim and Woo-sang Park, 120 mins 
The legendary long-lost '80s thunder-rager! Martial arts rock band Dragon Sound throw down in the ultimate conflict against an army of cocaine-powered motorcycle ninjas. The BEST unseen movie in HISTORY! 

PUSHER (2012)
US Premiere    
Director - Luis Prieto, 89 mins
A small time drug dealer gets in way over his head when a big deal goes bad in Luis Prieto’s British remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's debut feature film.

TAI CHI 0 (2012)
US Premiere 
Director - Stephen Fung, 100 mins 
Martial arts meets steampunk in Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung's slick, stylish pop-art take on the life of Yang-lu Chan (played by new martial-arts sensation Yuan Xiaochao), founder of the Yang school of tai chi.
TAPED (2012)
Regional Premiere
Director - Diederik van Rooijen, 80min
A trip meant to save their marriage turns into a nightmare when Johan and Saar accidentally videotape a police shooting in the streets of Argentina.

World Premiere 
Director - Yudai Yamaguchi, 79 mins 
Tak Sakaguchi stars in Yudai Yamaguchi’s feature-length reboot of an original indie short film made in 1995. Follow the ridiculous adventures of sometime private detective and fighting master Tebana “Snot Rockets” Sankichi, and his loyal sidekick “Twice” Shiro. An episodic, nonsense comedy that flies like a rocket and lands like a wet loogie.

International Premiere 
Director - Afonso Poyart, 108 mins 
Edgar returns to Brazil after two years in Miami, focused on enacting a complicated revenge plot and hoping to find absolution for his sins in the process.

North American Premiere 
Director - Branko Schmidt, 84 mins 
A corrupt gynecologist provides illegal abortions to prostitutes working for the Croatian mafia.
Regional Premiere
Director - Pang Ho-Cheung, 90 mins
What do pubic hair, pop rocks, cow vaginas and sex with mules have in common? They are all part of moviemaking in Hong Kong.
Repertory screening
Director - Ted Kotcheff, 114mins
A Palme D’Or nominee based on the 1961 book of the same name by Kenneth Cook and directed by FIRST BLOOD’s Ted Kotcheff, WAKE IN FRIGHT is an uncompromisingly brutal look at what happens when men are left alone together in the outback with guns and a lot of beer. This is going to be a mind-blower on the big screen. Get ready.
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  • Sept. 12, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by gimpmonster

    These sound ok, but as the centrepiece film "The Collection" sounds TERRIBLE. It sounds like Along Came a Spider mixed with Hostel starring Shooter McGavin. This has one illustrious future in store...going straight to DVD. Barberian Sound Studio is supposed to be incredible though.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1 p.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Danger 5 sounds cool

    by letsfightinglove

    But will probably suck. I lol'd at The Final Member.

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Miami Connection should not be missed!

    by Shepard Wong

    It is impossible to exagerate how wonderfully awful this movie is. Exhumed Films screened this in Philly last month and it is laugh out loud horrendous.

  • who the fuck writes a script like that

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Meh: Anthony Turow

    by marcus

    If you're going to be at the Festival, please be our guest to the Premiere of THE COLLECTION. If you are not absolutely shocked and surprised by what you see, then the drinks are on me at our after party. Thanks, -Marcus

  • Sept. 12, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    PUSHER - remake? Wtf?! Utterly ridiculous.

    by workshed

    ...and if they try to remake Pusher 2 - no way Jose! Mads' performance in those movies was incredible, what made him a star and a cult fave.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Danger 5 is fucking hilarious!

    by mojination

    ...and i loved the Collector, so looking forward to (eventually) seeing the sequel.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Josh Stewart was in "The Collector" in 2009 and now does "The Collection" in 2012

    by Detective_Fingerling

    written and directed by the same guy who also did some Saw movies and the Feast trilogy. So I guess this is a sequel to the collector? Same mask is looks like. That Josh Stewart is annoying to watch though. Always looks like he's posing for a picture while facing the bright sun - always doing this brooding/squinting thing.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    looks fucking ridiculous and terrifying. I love it.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    @mojination - Danger 5 ROCKS!

    by Admiral Nelson

    Total agreement, dude -- it's goddamn hilarious, and no geek should miss it. Every episode has a ton of laughs, sub-Thunderbirds-quality miniature sets, and at least one jaw-droppingly insane scene, shot or line of dialogue that'll make you fall out of your chair. (Example: The Diamond Girls' "Ilsa and the phone" scene.) If any of you guys are going to this festival, and you haven't seen the show, absolutely check it out. (And Natasa Ristic is the sexiest woman on TV.) How can you not love a show with dialogue like, "at 0800 this morning, an American soldier was eaten by a Nazi dinosaur!"

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    The Collector sucked

    by Cobb05

    The movie's plot is stupid as hell. A killer sets up traps in people's homes and kills everyone but one person, who he stuffs in a trunk and takes with him to the next location. But the movie lost me when the thief breaks out of the house and is free, but goes back for the kid. Now normally I wouldn't have a problem with it, but the set up of the movie is that he needs to rob this house to pay off a guy by midnight or he'll kill the thief's wife and kid. So it makes no sense for him to go back into the house. Yes, it makes him heroic. But the house if full of traps. You have a psycho killer in the house. It would make more sense to call the cops and haul ass to save your family. If he was just a thief and his family weren't in danger, I wouldn't hate the movie as much. But there's no way in hell he would go back into the house.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Not showing "Innocence Of Muslims"?

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Allah hu akbar!

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    A thief is a human too

    by sergi flaskman

    Arkin returns because he sees the young girl beckoning for him to help her. Arkin is robbing the house to save his daughter who is the same age as the girl he goes back to rescue. In the beginning of the movie you see Arkin build a rapport with the younger daughter as well as the father. Arkin is a thief but he is still a human.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by sergi flaskman

    I've read that "The Collection" was given much more funding then the first one. I read on IMDB that the first was given maybe $5 million while the sequel was given at least twice that. I really enjoyed the first film from a cinematography stand point. IMDB has Sam McCurdy as the DP, the man is a genius. I can't wait.